From London to Tanzania, Canada Day celebrated across the world
Published Saturday, July 1, 2017 6:10PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, July 1, 2017 7:02PM EDT
Parliament Hill may have been the epicentre of Canada Day festivities in our country, but parties stocked with poutine, Canadian beer and Tim Horton’s coffee were spread out across the planet on Saturday.
One of the largest international celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday was held in London. Tens of thousands of people were estimated to have flocked to Trafalgar Square to play ball hockey, sport their best red-and-white swag and enjoy the sunshine.
The high turn-out meant long line-ups. A queue for a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee stretched into a three-hour wait, and a poutine stand offered a slightly less painful wait, at about one hour.
The theme of the event was “Bring a Brit,” and revellers were invited to sample a selection of Canadian beers and maple syrup.
All sales of water bottles at the event were donated to a fund in memory of Christine Archibald, a Canadian woman killed in the London Bridge attacks.
South of the border, a party was held at the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C.
The party came fully equipped with a poutine bar, allowing guests to slather their fries with plenty of gravy and cheese curds.
U.S. President Donald Trump didn’t attend the event but offered best wishes to Canadians and his “new found friend” Justin Trudeau.
Thanks to the time difference, Australia was one of the first countries in the world to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
They did so in style by lighting up 18 buildings across the country in red and white, including the Sydney Town Hall, Trafalgar Bridge in Perth and Brisbane’s Story Bridge.
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Canada Day was on the minds of many Canadians (and admirers) living abroad.
Happy 150th CANADA DAY from all of us at Baker & Sons Safari Company Tanzania, East Africa! pic.twitter.com/8cNyoAPOgi— Baker & Sons Safari (@BakerSafari) July 1, 2017
A woman celebrating Canada Day from a resort in Cuba shared a photo of celebrations taking place on the Caribbean island.